Most people can multiply two numbers.
For instance, you probably already know that 3 × 2 = 6. However, many people who can do the problem above do not understand what the mathematical statement '3 × 2 = 6 ' actually means.
Even if you can find the answer, or
product, as 6. What is the meaning of ' 3
×2' ?
Explanation: '2 × 3' means that we have 2 sets of 3. To be more mathematically accurate, it means that we are adding three twice. In math symbols: 3 + 3 = 6 (as you can see we 2 sets of 3). Below is a picture of this multiplication:
Example Two
What about 3 × 3? What does this multiplication really mean?
3 ×3 =
9 and the meaning is that we have 3 sets of 3. Mathematically, it means we are adding 3 three times.
Example Three
Our last example will examine the product of 3 times four.
3 × 4
=12 and the meaning is that we have 3 sets of 4. Mathematically, it means we are adding 3 four times.